Richard and Stephane Martin, owners of St Veran’s renowned Croix Senaillet estate, purchased the historic Mont Epin domaine in 2015. 100% estate-grown fruit from 50-year old vines flanking the sides of the eponymous hill (Mont Epin, the highest point in the Maconnais) combine with modern facilities and a respect for traditional winemaking to produce original and authentic Maconnais wines that have become critical favorites.
Mont Epin's Vire-Clesse comes from two parcels of gently-sloping, east-facing vines on the side of the eponymous hill. A mix of stony limestone and clay, the soils impart a superb minerality and vivacity, which combine with the domaine's gentle approach to winemaking to produce a fresh, subtle wine that is a superb reflection of this special terroir. The hand-harvested grapes are destemmed and then slowly and gently pressed to maintain the purity of the juice. A very slow temperature-controlled fermentation in stainless steel using native yeast is followed by malolactic fermentation and aging on fine lees (8 months). The result is a yellow-gold beauty with notes of jasmine and honeysuckle and a beautiful liveliness and freshness.
100% Chardonnay from Vire-Clesse within Burgundy's Macon region. Vine age: 45-50 year old vines. Vineyard characteristics: Stony limestone combined with clay; marl substrate, more pebbles toward the top of the parcel, eastern exposure.
Vegan. Fermented with native yeasts.
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